Karachi: Trade & industry Karachi is worst affected by current surge in lawlessness, say trade and industry leaders.
Zubair Ahmed Malik, President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Tariq Sayeed, Vice President CACCI, founder & former President SAARC CCI & former President FPCCI, S.M. Muneer, President, India-Pakistan CCI & former President FPCCI, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President, SAARC CCI & former President FPCCI, Gulzar Firoz, Shaheen Ilyas Sarwana, Naveed Jan Baloch, Azhar Saeed Butt, Muhammad Zafar Jalil Khan Mastikhel, Abdul Khaliq Khan, Muhammad Ali, Khwaja Muhammad Iqbal Khan, and Rukhsana Jahangir Vice Presidents FPCCI, in a joint statement here Monday, said that industrial sector is worst affected by the present law & order situation.
They said that Karachi is the country’s investment and trade gateway and the key player in the economic performance of the country. The current surge in deteriorating law and order situation hampers the economic activities. They also said that killings and kidnapping for ransom increased during the holy month of Ramazan. Four Bomb blasts took place within a short span of one hour in Karachi. Seven people were killed in a bomb blast which took place at the thickly populated Lyari during a football match.
They said the situation is worsening day by day and businessmen are receiving Bhtta parchis. Bhata mafia is active and people due to fear of kidnapping for ransom are closing down their businesses. Deteriorating law and order situation has also increased feeling of insecurity among businessmen. There is great threat to life for the top traders and management.
They said there are many cases reported where Chief Executives or their family members were abducted and released after heavy torture and payment of ransom. Movement of the top management is now restricted to limited areas and that too with escorts, increasing cost of security, disproportionately. Buyers had a great life threat to visit Pakistan, even local buyers are not ready to travel.
They said investment opportunities have also declined in the country and investors are not interested to invest in Pakistan. Police and Rangers are making their best efforts to control current situation, they have scarified their lives, but the criminals/terrorist are well organized they may be controled by army.
They also said if the law and order situation in Karachi which is the commercial city of Pakistan is not maintained, the gap in the balance of trade and deficit in government revenue will be widened.
They urged upon the government of Sindh and the federal government to handover control to the army for at least 4 to 6 weeks to restore peace and normalcy in the whole of Sindh after which they should return to barracks.